Well its time to wrap up week three of my October Horror Movie Marathon. I had originally planned on doing a Stephen King theme for this week, but as always plans change. I did manage to start the ball rolling with a movie that King called "Unique, thought provoking , edge-of-the-seat entertainment." so I've got that going for me. Which is nice. So without further excuses lets dive right in!
Movie #11: Frailty (2001)
Director: Bill Paxton
Starring: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
As I've said above Stephen King really enjoyed this movie and I have to say I do too. Bill Paxton's directorial debut is more psychological and suspenseful then most horror films and is truly captivating in its intimate look into madness.
Movie #12: The Awakening (2011)
Director: Nick Murphy
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
I truly love this movie. One of the best "Gothic Ghost Stories" ever made in my opinion. Its honestly up there with the original version of "The Haunting" and "The Innocents" in my book. Its on Netflix at the moment and I really can't recommend it enough.
Movie #13: The Others (2001)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccelston, Fionnula Flanagan
Similar in theme to "The Awakening", this film gets a lot of love but I can't count myself among those who give it. I find Kidman's performance too over the top and the film makers just feel like they're winking at you the whole time.
Movie #14: Horror Express (1972)
Director: Eugenio Martin
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Sivalas
A nifty little slice of 70's horror schlock starring the immortal greats Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The film has been in the public domain for many years now so follow the link above if you'd like to watch this one for free.
Movie #15: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
One of my "Top 5 of 2012" and honestly one of my favorite horror/comedies films of all time. The story is absolutely ingenious and enthralling from start to finish and you simply have to see this if you are a fan of the genre.
Movie #16: Terror Train (1980)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner
One of the better movies to come out of the slasher boom of the 80's and starring the scream queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis. I reviewed this movie quite a while ago so click here for my full opinion.
Movie #17: The Howling (1981)
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan
1981 gave us two classics of the "werewolf" genre: An American Werewolf in London and this film, The Howling. It features the amazing makeup and prosthesis talents of Rob Bottin who would later go on to make the timeless effects for John Carpenter's "The Thing" and a lot of fun references to the entire genre. This and "London" make a great double feature....
Movie #18: An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
See. I told you. In sharp contest to The Howling's serious take on the subject, "London" is rife with a wicked sense of gallows humor. Rick Baker's makeup effects during the show stopping transformation scene are so impressive that they earned him a "Best Makeup" Oscar before the category ever existed.
Well thats another week in the books! I'm going to be out of town here a bit so I don't know how many movies I'll be able to fit in the next week but I will be posting an update next Wednesday regardless. Until then, as always, thanks for reading!